United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919
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|Record Type||Casualty Sheets|
|Record Group||RG 407: Adjutant General's Office, 1917-|
|Arrangement||Alphabetical by State or Territory|
|National Archives Identifier||1726747|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 5.1 I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- 5.2 I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- 5.3 Research Helps
- 5.4 Related Family History Library Holdings
- 5.5 Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections
- 5.6 Related Digital Books
- 5.7 Related Websites
- 5.8 Graves Registration Services
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains the names of Army personnel who lost their lives (killed in action, died of wounds or died of disease) while serving with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. The lists include those who either enlisted in the National Guard or Regular Army or were inducted into the National Army (Selective Service). Original records are housed at The National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 407, Records of the Adjutant Generals Office NAID identifier 1726747.
Related National Archives Collections
- United States, National Archives World War I Casualty, Burial and Cemetery Records
- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 - National Archives Catalog
- Burial Reports, 1919-1920 - National Archives Catalog
- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 - National Archives Catalog Browse Images
- Burial Reports, 1919-1920 - National Archives Catalog Browse images
- Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications, and Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel, 1/1/1915 - 12/31/1939
- Correspondence Reporting Deaths of American Military Personnel, 1917 - 1919
- Name Files of Men in the American Expeditionary Forces Reported as Missing in Action or Taken Prisoner, 1918 - 1918
- Name Files of Dead and Severely Wounded Casualties of Infantry Divisions in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1918 - 1918
- Name Card Index to Casualties in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917 - 1919
- Compiled Data on Casualties of the American Expeditionary Forces by State or United States Possession, 1917 - 1919
- Name Files of Dead and Severely Wounded Casualties of Various Organizations in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1918 - 1918
- Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers, 1920 - 1920
|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog. They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description. Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".|
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Information found in this collection may include:
- The soldier's name
- Serial Number
- Organization they were assigned to at the time of their death
- Date of death
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
The following table show the number of records per state included in this collection as of 30 August 2018.
|District of Columbia||209|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The casualty sheets are arranged as follows::
- State or Territory
- By Race
- By Cause of death (killed in action, died of wounds or died of disease)
- By Name of soldier
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The Name of the soldier
- The state of enlistment or induction
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the date of death to find a death certificate or burial record. If buried in Europe Search the American Battle Monuments Commission burials database or national cemetery search the National Cemetery Administration Nationwide Grave site Locator.
- Use the military unit and rank to search for statement of service cards, unit histories or other military records
- Additional information may also be located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis or state archives in the state of enlistment or induction
- See also the following related World War I Wiki articles:United States World War I Cemetery Records and United States World War I Casualty Records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Search in a different state
- Consider spelling variations or aliases
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States World War I Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
- United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940
- United States Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918
- United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Pilgrimage for the mothers and widows of soldiers, sailors and marines of the American forces : now interred in the cemeteries of Europe as provided by the Act of Congress of March 2, 1929. Washington, D.C. : Government Printing Office (United States), 1930
- Officers and enlisted men of the United States Navy who lost their lives during the World War from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
Soldiers of the Great War Casualties.
The volumes are arranged alphabetically by state. Within each state the entries are broken down in the following order. First are photographs of soldiers averaging twenty per page. Next are the casualties arranged by Killed in Action; Died of Disease; Died of Wounds; Died of Accident; and Wounded in Action. For each soldier the volumes give name, rank and residence.
- Soldiers of the Great War Volume 1 Alabama-Maryland
- Soldiers of the Great War Volume 2 Massachusetts-Ohio
- Soldiers of the Great War Volume 3 Oklahoma-Wyoming
- Californians Who Have Died in Service.
- Kansas Casualties in the World War
- Kansas casualties in the World War, 1917-1919. Supplement no. 1
- New York Roll of Honor
- Oregon's Honor Roll
- South Carolina Honor Roll
- West Virginia
Related Websites[edit | edit source]
- Alabama Department of Archives and History. World War I Gold Star Database
- New Jersey State Archives. World War I Deaths
- Doughboy MIA - World War I Centennial Commission
Graves Registration Services[edit | edit source]
- The Graves Registration Service was established in August 1917 and was responsible for maintaining a burial registration system and the acquiring of land in France for cemeteries.
- Location of Graves and Disposition of Bodies of American Soldiers Who Died Overseas
- A Report of the Secretary of War on American Military Dead Overseas. May 1920
- Knapp, Michael G., and Constance Potter. Here Rests in Honored Glory: World War I Graves Registration Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives 23. (Summer 1991): 190–4. (Family History Library book 973 B2p.)
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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